Kandice Henning

Board President 

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Kandice is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alive Not-for-profit Center in Naperville, Illinois. The first organization of its kind, Alive aims to provide the community with an inclusive experience of learning, sharing, and discovery that enables people to connect with what makes them come alive.  From the merger with NaperBridge in January of 2015, Alive will have an even stronger teen program. 

Kandice is a Life Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT). After spending 25+ years as an executive in the corporate world at Accenture and IBM, she is now following her true passion – helping people to create the life they desire. Kandice is a graduate of Life Coaching school, Coach for Life. She also is a certified Heal Your Life Workshop Leader (Louise Hay’s work). She has her 200hr CYT from Moksha Yoga in Chicago and is currently obtaining her 500hr CYT through ParaYoga (Rod Stryker). She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois. 

Tina Hinch

Board Vice President

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Tina Hinch is a Senior Director of Engineering at Nokia.  She leads a global team of 500 engineers spanning 3 continents, developing next generation cloud-based software for telecommunications providers. She has 30 years of technical and executive experience in the industry, working at Bell Labs, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia.  Her teams have blazed the trails through several “telecommunications revolutions” and provided top notch products and support to telco customers.  She is a U.S. Patent holder.   Throughout the years, Tina has served in an advisory capacity to many underrepresented groups in the work place, as well as provided one-on-one career coaching. She has served as keynote speaker and panelist in various forums, sharing her career experience in STEM. Tina moved to Naperville from Los Angeles after graduating from UCLA with a BS in Math/Computer Science and an MS in Computer Science and a two-year stint at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.


Tina and her husband reside in Naperville. Both of their two adult children are employed and reside in warmer climates.


Amy Sandison

Board Treasurer

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Amy is the author of a series of children’s books (including The Luckiest Kid and Oh, Really? available at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville) and the Founder of Posikidly.  After 15 years building brands with great companies like Gerber, Tropicana and Gatorade, she now strives to build her own.  Posikidly’s mission to “fuse hearts and minds to power confident minds” is achieved by sharing the social-emotional lessons of the stories through engagement with kids at speaking engagements and school assemblies.

Amy is an alum of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  She resides in Naperville with her husband and two children.

Anita Knotts

Board Secretary

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After nearly 30 years in the financial services arena, Anita Knotts is a highly accomplished senior executive with vast expertise in sales, marketing, and business development in the competitive wealth management market. After spending the first part of her career as a successful investment advisor followed by years of leadership, Anita is now embarking on the next phase of her career as an entrepreneur.  Anita has recently launched her new business Lotus Women’s Institute LLC. The mission of the organization is to bring financial literacy to women as well as encourage more women and people of color to choose financial services as a career path. She believes strongly that firms who implement initiatives to hire diverse teams – specifically for frontline roles – will have a competitive edge.

In 2019 she was recognized by Investment News as a “See It, Be It Role Model” for diversity and inclusion as part of their annual Diversity & Inclusions Awards program. Her recognition was well- deserved, as her passion to educate, encourage and empower women to take a larger role in their financial lives drove the launch of the successful Women & Wealth initiative during her time with Calamos Wealth Management. Within the broader Calamos enterprise, Anita formed the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN); a forum for women associates to regularly meet and openly discuss topics pertaining to professional development and personal work/life balance. She is a frequent contributor and presenter on the topics of women and wealth and leads the Chicago Western Suburbs Chapter of Ellevate, a global professional women’s network with a mission to close the gender-based achievement gap in business by providing women with a community to learn from and lean on. Anita received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. with a Distinction in Finance from DePaul University. She also holds Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.

Edward Bugg

              Board Member              

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Edward Bugg has been a resident of Aurora’s Far Southeast side since he and his wife had their home built in in 2004.

Since moving to Aurora, Edward has become involved with numerous local organizations.  In 2013, he was elected Alderman of Aurora’s Ninth Ward and was re-elected in both 2017 and 2021. Alderman Bugg currently serves as the Chairperson of the Rules, Administration and Procedures (RAP) Committee of the Aurora City Council and is a member of the Finance Committee.  As Alderman, Bugg has worked with local residents to build a dynamic, vibrant Community and in 2019 Aurora’s Ninth Ward was the #1 Community for Millennials to move to in Illinois to raise a family.   

Aside from his role with the City, Edward serves on the Boards of Grace Community Christian Church and Remington Crossing Homeowners Association.  Before moving to Aurora, he served as the Executive Secretary of the Park Forest Community Development Cooperation.

Edward’s educational background includes both a degree in Business from Eastern Illinois University and a Law degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Law. He has worked in both the business and legal fields for various levels of government and as the Vice -President of an Arbitration/ Mediation firm in the private sector.

Edward and his wife Beth have 3 children. They are involved in the local schools, various sports leagues and volunteer at Feed My Starving Children and the Aurora Inter-Faith Food Pantry.

Chris Gandy

Board Member

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Chris has spent the last 19 years helping individuals reach their most important financial goals. In 1999, Chris started his own financial services practice and, since then, has traveled the U.S. working with business owners, physicians, professional athletes and key executives. Chris specifically focuses on the areas of Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Investments, and Tax Reduction Strategies.

Chris was a Communications major at the University of Illinois. Outside of the classroom, he played on the Fighting Illini basketball team where he was co-captain and earned 2nd Team All Big-Ten honors. After college, Chris played professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and in L’Hermaine, France.

Early in his career, Chris worked as a Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Representative. While there, he received numerous awards and was a top producer. He became a Million Dollar Round Table Member in 2003 – the premier association of financial professionals. In the spring of 2005, Chris moved his financial services practice to the Molyneaux Financial Group, LLC, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. There, he received the Impact Award in 2006 as well as the Management Council and Leaders Conference Honors in 2007.

Chris donates his time and efforts to many organizations. In 2012, Chris found a way to give back to sports by becoming a board member of the Chicago Concussion Coalition (Founded by Chris Nowitzki, of the Emmy Nominated movie “Head Games”, he finds passion in helping resolve the issue of CTE in sports) which strives to make amateur sports safer for children. He is on the Board of Directors for the Urban League, is part of the United Way’s Young Community Leaders, and volunteers for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. In 2013, Chris was nominated to the NBARPA committee board for the Chicago chapter and, again, qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table.

“Our Fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch”

Paul Hinterlong

Board Member

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Naperville City council member. Long term resident of Naperville. Councilman, Naperville City Council, 2009-2019 City of
Naperville Plan Commission, 2005-2009 City of Naperville Advisory Commission on Disabilities, Board Member, 2012-Present
City of Naperville Special Events Committee, Board Member, 2012-Present City of Naperville CAPS (Citizens Appreciate Public
Safety), Board Member, 2012-Present Naperville Healing Fields, Board Member, 2012 Centennial Beach 75th and Naperville
Park District 40th Anniversary Aquathon Committee, 2006 Naperville 175th Birthday Heritage Committee and co-chair of the
Electric Light Parade, 2006 Naperville 175th Birthday Unity Committee- area captain, 2006 Westside Homeowners Association
President, 2002-2005 Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Director, 2004-2005 Washington St. Corridor Study
stakeholder group, 2003 Downtown DuPage River Trail stakeholder group, 2003 Centennial Park Skate Park Facility citizen
committee, 2003 City of Naperville Comprehensive Transportation Plan work group, 2002 Community First Founding and
Board Member, 2000-Present Conservation Foundation member and annual participant of the DuPage River Sweep Naperville
North High school Class of 1983 Reunion Committee.

John Mazzolini

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John is the Senior Director of Data Management & Operations at SAP Fieldglass. He has worked from the Naperville office located in 5th Avenue Station since 2007. From this time, John has built a Data Management team in Naperville and London, supporting clients across the globe. Additionally, John was part of the Fieldglass team that took the company from startup to private equity through to a $1+ Billion acquisition by German software giant SAP. John has spent the entirety of his 22-year career in Technology leading various database and data initiatives across HR, financial and SaaS organizations.

 John has also been a Special Olympics basketball referee for District 200 in Wheaton for the past 12 years. When not “thinking about data”, John enjoys spending time with loved ones, exercising and travelling.

John’s quote he strives to live by…”We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

Rick McNeel

Board Member 

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Rick’s business career included 30 years with Amoco Chemical including living in Naperville on three occasions and once in Winfield. He started in manufacturing in Texas and worked in operations planning, marketing, business development (in Asia) and several general management positions culminating as Group Vice President responsible for all of Amoco Chemical’s global polymer businesses. The following three years Rick served in London as Group Vice President for all of BP/Amoco’s Chemical Intermediates global businesses. Following an 11 month retirement, Rick held the position of CEO of Lord Corporation for ten years and then Chairman of the Lord Board for four years. Lord is a private manufacturing company in Cary, North Carolina selling into automotive, aerospace and general industrial markets. Lord’s sales increased from $420 Million to $860 Million under Rick’s leadership and International sales increased four-fold as did profitability.

Rick received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He has served on several Boards over the years including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce board. He is currently is on the Board of the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Engineering College Advisory Board at the university of Nebraska.

As a person who grew up on a cattle ranch in western Nebraska and attended a one room schoolhouse for grades kindergarten through eight, Rick is a big believer that hard work and determination can allow anyone to lead a successful life. He also has concerns about the work ethic and lack of opportunity for many of our nations disadvantaged youth. The Alive Center is on the right track to teach our youth that they can succeed, feel great about themselves and contribute to society.

His favorite quote is by Indira Gandhi “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those that take the credit. Try to be in the first group, there is less competition there”.

Paul Novak

Board Member 

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For the past 13 years, Paul has worked with individuals, families & businesses, guiding them through the areas of investment management and financial planning.  He has worked with some of the best minds in the industry and currently holds the role of Partner and Senior Wealth Manager at T2 Asset Management in Oakbrook.  Paul has earned numerous awards for his work in investment management, including appearing in the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Magazine for his long standing ‘Five-Star Wealth Manager’ designation.  

Aside from his passion for wealth management, Paul also has a desire to give back.  In 2008 he founded LEADZ, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to giving back to the local community.  Spear-heading LEADZ’s second chapter in Naperville, Paul was able to raise a significant amount locally, while providing a platform for local business to volunteer and thrive. 

Paul has substantial board and leadership experience, serving on multiple private sector, chamber and not-for-profit boards.  He is also a past Rotarian, and knows the true meaning of “service above self”.  

Above all, Paul is a family man.  He is a new father of a 5-month old baby girl, and looks forward to new sets of rewards and challenges that will bring.  He hopes to teach her “not to try to fix whatever comes in your life.  Fix yourself in such a way that whatever comes, you will be fine” – Sadhguru

Dawn Portner

Board Member

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Dawn Portner is the Special Events Coordinator for the City of Naperville. She has been there for 2 ½ years. Prior Dawn was the Special Events and Marketing Manager for a key local Naperville nonprofit for over 10 years. Dawn also serves on the Board of the Exchange Club of Naperville, where she has held many different roles and responsibilities, on the local, district and national level.


Dawn graduated from Lewis University with a Master’s degree and from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree, both in the field of Criminal Justice.


Volunteering is an important part of Dawns life and she is looking forward to serving on the Board if the Alive Center


Dwight Yackley

Board Member

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Dwight Yackley is the president and owner of BBM Incorporated, a Naperville‐based firm specializing in the redevelopment of suburban downtowns and mixed‐use projects. In this capacity, he has been responsible for developing many properties in the Chicagoland area. Locally, these projects include the Main Street Promenade buildings, Washington Corners, Benton Terrace condos, and several residential properties.

Dwight is actively involved in the betterment of the local community through growth projects, while maintaining a historical perspective. A strongly civic‐minded person, he is a longstanding member of the Naperville Exchange Club, Rotary Club of Naperville, and Downtown Naperville Alliance. He is also an active member of the Naperville Development Partnership board, which is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Naperville and maintaining its outstanding quality of life.

Dwight previously served on the boards of directors of the Naperville Heritage Society and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, among many others. An avid cyclist, he has also been involved with the Naperville Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Prior to founding BBM, Dwight was a systems analyst for a major telecommunications company. He resides in Naperville with his wife Ruth.


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